Production has wrapped on DELUSIONE, a new narrative dance short from Breton Tyner-Bryan (Billions, Divorce) starring Breton Tyner-Bryan (Winner World London IFF, Madrid IFF, Barcelona IFF) and Emily Ulrich (Other World), seen on the festival circuit at Paris International Short Festival, New York International Women Festival, Bucharest Film Awards, Big Apple AGENTS AND MANAGERS Lab, ASVOFF14 Paris and La Jolla International Fashion Film Festival. Written, directed and choreographed by Breton Tyner-Bryan, DELUSIONE features the music of Faye Chiao (Grand Houston Opera, Opera, American, Prospect Theatre) editing by Breton Tyner-Bryan, Emily Ulrich, cinematography by Michael J. Burke (The Gilded Age, And Just Like That) and costumes by Breton Tyner-Bryan (Netflix MOST LGBTQ Channel).
In Breton Tyner-Bryan’s short DELUSIONE, red is the color of the extremity, imbued with visceral desire. Wearing red shoes, red hair and an alluring red dress, Tyner-Bryan (director/actor/choreographer) in the opening scene stands out against a hall of mirrors, his red reflection staring down at her, echoing in the neon red of the an exit sign duplicated on reflective glass. Cut against the visuals of Tyner-Bryan dancing in the mirrored room, lost or trapped, we’re not sure, is another dancer, Emily Ulrich, calmly walking through a similar room, searching for something.
The dancers meet in another room, and sit side by side, although the reunion is unfortunate. Greeting each other with blank stares and crossed arms, the pair seem bored to be together until a smirk from Ulrich sends them into a dance of memories. This is where Tyner-Bryan’s choreography and direction shines. Although several props are used, their appearance is subtle and supports the narrative. Tyner-Bryan’s fine writing is refined and unpretentious; the back of Ulrich’s wrist resting delicately under his chin, fingers tapping eagerly, a delicately adjusted picture frame. Extending to the coatography and even the ankle, the unexpected movements are braided among planes of the unique interior. Tyner-Bryan has no shortage of creative plans, but each one is executed with such care; further supported by the expertise of Michael J. Burke, director of photography. Set in a lavish living room, the brown leather chairs, ornate wall hangings, bulbous sconces and breaking-back books exude the essence of a room paused in time, perhaps with a dense, dusty smell that lingers in the air. The metaphor of time also bounces off the music, composed by Faye Chiao, in the metronomically blunt piano sounds and rushing string sounds.
Dancing for, with and in each other’s absence, the two dancers are entwined in each other’s story. Signifying a memory, something that was once hopeful but now perhaps tastes more bittersweet, their solo outings are a desire to move on. DELUSIONE by Tyner-Bryan is a divinely tender and meticulously crafted work of art. said freelance journalist Nadia Vostrikov.
“DELUSIONE is an examination of dissociation, as a means of survival and manipulation. Fueled by lust and love, a person’s reality is ultimately engineered by their desires, leading to a mirage of illusion,” said the director, choreographer, Breton Tyner-Bryan.
DELUSIONE is produced by Breton Follies in association with Michael J. Burke.
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